Expert supports Pope's fears about Harry Potter

Harry Potter has made headlines in the Vatican's newspaper which has published "good" versus "evil" takes on the bestselling books.

AFP reports English literature expert Edoardo Rialti argues in L'Osservatore Romano under the headline The Double Face of Harry Potter that Pope
Benedict was "right to worry".

In 2003, the then Cardinal Ratzinger was criticised when he voiced his fears over "subtle seductions" in the saga that could undermine children's religious development by blurring the line between good and evil.

In the opposing view, Catholic essayist and writer Paolo Gulisano wrote that "behind the fabulous adventures of the different characters you can see the author's anthropological vision."

"Rowlings, writing for a post-modern" and individualistic world, wants to help the young reader understand that doing good is the best thing to do," Gulisano wrote.

Cardinal Ratzinger's fears were contained in a March 2003 letter to German Catholic sociologist Gabriele Kuby, author of the book Harry Potter - Good or Evil.

She made the letter public in July 2005.

Good vs. evil debate on Harry Potter in Vatican mouthpiece, (AFP 15/01/08)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
L'Osservatore Romano
J.K Rowlings Official Site

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16 Jan 2008